I have been fostering for my local shelter for over a decade now, and one thing that seems to ring true year in and year out is that fall is a very hard time for kitties. Mother cats who are nursing kittens are often nursing their second litter of the year which makes things even harder on them. Giving birth and nursing kittens is very draining on the body's reserves, and to become pregnant again means there is less nutritional reserves for everyone. Mother cats are thinner, kittens are smaller and both become sicker more easily. It is very sad.
On top of this, many people don't think about donating food to their shelters this time of year. A lot of fundraising awareness is done in the spring in the face of kitten season starting up, and Christmas often brings a second influx of donations to a shelter, but late summer and fall kitties are often feed whatever is left in the pantry - which is generally dry food.
Dry foods are often donated to the shelters because they are big and cheap and make a good show. Walking in with a 20lb bag of food feels better than walking in with 12 cans of food despite the fact that the cost is usually equivalent. And while that 20lb bag of food will feed healthy pets for longer periods of time, pets that have any health issues could use the nutritional boost that only comes from a diet that is higher in animal proteins.
Nursing mothers tend to need it even more. My current foster mom is now eating six 5.5 oz cans of food per day. Her babies are starting to help her so I wonder how many cans I will be going through in the upcoming weeks.
I went into the shelter the other day to stock up on some canned food for my fosters and they had run out. Even their dry food supplies were low and they put out a call for donations from their wishlist. Hopefully the call helped and there will be some food when I go in this weekend, if not I'll have to go and purchase some myself. If you would like to help out, you can purchase from their Amazon wishlist or my own. If you prefer to support your own local shelter, please consider donating some canned food for them this weekend because I have no doubt they could really use some.